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Joing the TA in REME (hopefully)

#1
Im planning on joining the TA (Yes, say what ya want about the TA). I am hoping on going into REME as a Metalsmith, as im currently in college doing Welding as well.

But, I live in Mid Wales, and i was hoping if someone could tell me how the training would work out for REME. As there is no REME training facilities near me. Would it be a case of traveling a long distance to one, or would the TA provide sessions for me at my nearest training centre?

I have tried asking REME, ive emailed and rang and its always the case of someone will get back to you. hmphh
Even the Army careers just passed me round like a cheap blow up doll.

Im only asking now before i apply, so I know if i need to change my jobs.

Thanks for any help here guys.
 

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#3
Yes, and ask as a first question - "will the National TA still be here in 6 month's time?" There's going to be far fewer local REME detachments, and I'm pretty sure the Nationally-recruited Units are in for a hard time, but could well be wrong.

Anyway, enquire away via the official channels, and I'm sure you'll get help here too. Best of luck - it's worth the effort!
 
#4
Something is telling me that your local REME will be Bristol.

To be honest, phoning REME up and expecting much back is a bit optimistic. Not wanting to upset you, you are one potential recruit, nothing more. TA recruiting isn't our biggest priority at the moment
 
#5
Im planning on joining the TA (Yes, say what ya want about the TA). I am hoping on going into REME as a Metalsmith, as im currently in college doing Welding as well.

But, I live in Mid Wales, and i was hoping if someone could tell me how the training would work out for REME. As there is no REME training facilities near me. Would it be a case of traveling a long distance to one, or would the TA provide sessions for me at my nearest training centre?

I have tried asking REME, ive emailed and rang and its always the case of someone will get back to you. hmphh
Even the Army careers just passed me round like a cheap blow up doll.

Im only asking now before i apply, so I know if i need to change my jobs.

Thanks for any help here guys.
Try banging your postcode into this baby.

Local Army directory - British Army Website

Metalsmith? Not a bad choice, but as it'll be your day job as well, think outside the box because you will regret not being one of Gods chosen men once you see what they get up to.

Recovery Mechanic
 
#6
Thanks guys, I would prefer brutal honesty than beating around the bush.

@Arte Et Marte, Recovery Mechanic, or as you put it "Gods Chosen Men", is another choice of mine.

But I guess you are right, Do i want to do what im doing day in day out, or learn a different skill from my normal day to day life.
 
#7
IIRC the line for Nat TA is around the N midlands area, as in anyone above the line falls into 102 and below the line is 103, trade training is at Bordon after you complete your basic trg, good luck either way.
 
#8
Thanks guys, I would prefer brutal honesty than beating around the bush.

@Arte Et Marte, Recovery Mechanic, or as you put it "Gods Chosen Men", is another choice of mine.

But I guess you are right, Do i want to do what im doing day in day out, or learn a different skill from my normal day to day life.
Mines and booby traps, explosives, rope splicing, fault finding, soil mechanics, pissing off everybody and driving BFO trucks.

Something I wrote on another (long lost dusty) thread.

Arte_et_Marte said:
0400 O’clock Zulu/BST/Summertime/Whatever.

Your piss poor navigational skills guided you into the bog from hell, and your vehicle threw a track/got a puncture/stalled/turned upside-down/floated away/turned into a big fat jelly.

Then, over the horizon the comforting glow of an orange winky wanky light pierces through the stair rods of rain and you breathe a sigh of relief.

Recovery. Hurrah!

The guttural roar of a V4/6/8/12 shatters the relative peace and quiet of your piss-poor life.

There follows a few brisk barked orders, and your waggon/tank/motorcycle/skateboard is moved/lifted/winched/pulled/dragged/hauled/heaved/pushed onto solid ground.

An egg banjo and a small bottle of Herfie Pils is handed to you through the gunners hatch/drivers window/cupola, which you grab with delight, ignoring the large black thumbprints on the white bread. (From a loaf marked “Thursday” but no actual date)

You manage to mumble “Thanks Mucka.” The egg yolk spreading and dripping across your chops making you look like a fuckin clown, as the filthy, dirty, baggy eyed, dressed like shit Recy Mech says.

“Can’t stop pal, got another seven to sort out before endex”
More info (ish) here:
http://www.arrse.co.uk/reme/181342-reme-recovery-mechanic-good-job.html
 
#9
Something is telling me that your local REME will be Bristol.

. TA recruiting isn't our biggest priority at the moment
Totally the opposite after the white paper that's just been released Sparky and realistic Reserves applications quite a high priority for all cap badges. National TA is an option but also consider your local TA unit that enables you to attend more frequently once in as they probably will have PIDS of vehicle me mechanics there. All it means is once completing your application selection and your TSC (a) and TSC (b) you will then go off to do your trade training course. This could take a long while to achieve depending on your time you can commit from civvy job/college......one way of comparing difference ....a National unit is like a REME battalion 2nd line and a Regional unit is like a LAD first line unit.
Each have there own benefits but first thing I would be asking myself is which is easier to attend if wanting to commit more to
 
#10
There are some obvious differences; REME TA is a part-time commitment. Dependant on your day to day job you can decide to commit to either 27 days (Called Regional TA) or 19 days (Called National TA).

When you attend training camps, weekends and evenings you receive the same pay as your Regular counter part.

Contact for further advice or any questions then help is at hand.

Tel: 01189 763253

Email: DEME-REC-TA-SNCO@mod.uk
Email: raja@reme.org.uk
 
#11
It might be the Army's priority. In public the REME might well say its a priority but Im pretty sure that T3, A2020 and the move to Lyneham weigh heavier on our minds than REME TA at the moment.
 
#12
It might be the Army's priority. In public the REME might well say its a priority but Im pretty sure that T3, A2020 and the move to Lyneham weigh heavier on our minds than REME TA at the moment.
Agree with you Sparky...and knowing you anyway you will will work out what's best for your lads ....I suppose what ever is thrown at us over the past twenty plus years we are good at dealing with 10 priorities at a time.
 
#13
@THE IRON

Thanks for that, My nearest barraks would be the TA Unit 224 Transport Squardron at Picton Barracks, Carmarthen.

I would like to put in as much time as possible, as my course is only 1 day a week and im currently seperated from my wife, so not much need to "entertain" her. (haha)

And been 30 now, it is something I would like to get under my belt as soon as possible.

If I would need to travel to get my training from a REME training centre, It doesnt so much as bother me, I just wanted to know the deal before hand. Best to know everything before I start.




 
#14
@THE IRON

Thanks for that, My nearest barraks would be the TA Unit 224 Transport Squardron at Picton Barracks, Carmarthen.

I would like to put in as much time as possible, as my course is only 1 day a week and im currently seperated from my wife, so not much need to "entertain" her. (haha)

And been 30 now, it is something I would like to get under my belt as soon as possible.

If I would need to travel to get my training from a REME training centre, It doesnt so much as bother me, I just wanted to know the deal before hand. Best to know everything before I start.




Nip in and speak with the PSAO and enquire if they have a REME PID there...if not what else they could offer...as been rightfully said its minimum 27 day commitment for Regional but reduced to 19 days for National...however people like you who can commit more time want to attend most weeks and weekends available so Regionals are better....you will still get the same trade training anyway...maybe not hands on vehicles every week at a Regional though if its not a REME unit.
 
#16
It might be the Army's priority. In public the REME might well say its a priority but Im pretty sure that T3, A2020 and the move to Lyneham weigh heavier on our minds than REME TA at the moment.
Someone up the food chain has made it a priority to shit all over 1st Line REME TA. Take the one bit of REME TA that actually does the job the Corps was formed to do and remove it from the orbat, ******* genius..........
 
#17
The National TA in the REME is going and all will be absorbed in to local units as part of 2020.
Time scale is not yet known but in the next few years, as for the move for RHQ to Wiltshire that is still unknown.
Bordon was meant to have been vacated in 2011 but as we know is still going strong!
Just have to see what happens in the next few years!!!
 
#18
Thanks for all your input guys, been a great help.

I have also been thinking about going full time, as its not like i have much else to do.
I was hoping if someone could give me an idea of what a typical day for REME metalsmith/ Recovery Mech based in the UK might do.
 
#19
Metalsmiths are currently based in REME Battalions. They are very much an under resourced but very valued trade. Work hard on exercise (particularly the Summer exercises in BATUS, Canada and on the Winter Repair Programme which rehabilitates the Canadian fleet ready for the next year's exercise). They are also very busy on Op Herrick (lots of blast damage repair, non destructive testing and modifications), however, you probably won't get the chance to deploy to Afghan what with us drawing down. In camp you are kept busy with FRTs (Forward Repair Teams) which sees you going out to dependent units (Each Battalion is part of a Brigade and typically you support the first line units within that Brigade). So expect varied tasks. FWIW I think that Metalsmiths are the REME's last Artisan trade. If you are a good Mtsm then you will quickly build up a reputation and become a very valued member of your Company.
Recovery Mechanics are split between first line units and Battalions although your first post, 4 years, will be at Battalion. Again, its a very valued job but (and don't all bite R Mechs) I believe that it is potentially in jeopardy if we have to make further cuts. (Just my opinion and Im not going to go into it for the OP). Your basics course is relatively short compared to some other trades (a definite bonus as no one really enjoys phase 2 training opposed to time in the field force) and you will spend your first year keeping your head down, learning your trade and completing TTX (class 2 - 3 practical upgrade). Once there the world is your oyster. Lots of chances for deployments away, at 5 Bn we have lads on Herrick, in Minhad (its a staging post for the Afghan withdrawl) in UAE and in the Falklands. Day to day job consists of Vehicle and Equipment care, hands on training and whatever else the Bn throws at you.
Hope this helps
 
#20
Metalsmiths are currently based in REME Battalions. They are very much an under resourced but very valued trade. Work hard on exercise (particularly the Summer exercises in BATUS, Canada and on the Winter Repair Programme which rehabilitates the Canadian fleet ready for the next year's exercise). They are also very busy on Op Herrick (lots of blast damage repair, non destructive testing and modifications), however, you probably won't get the chance to deploy to Afghan what with us drawing down. In camp you are kept busy with FRTs (Forward Repair Teams) which sees you going out to dependent units (Each Battalion is part of a Brigade and typically you support the first line units within that Brigade). So expect varied tasks. FWIW I think that Metalsmiths are the REME's last Artisan trade. If you are a good Mtsm then you will quickly build up a reputation and become a very valued member of your Company.
Recovery Mechanics are split between first line units and Battalions although your first post, 4 years, will be at Battalion. Again, its a very valued job but (and don't all bite R Mechs) I believe that it is potentially in jeopardy if we have to make further cuts. (Just my opinion and Im not going to go into it for the OP). Your basics course is relatively short compared to some other trades (a definite bonus as no one really enjoys phase 2 training opposed to time in the field force) and you will spend your first year keeping your head down, learning your trade and completing TTX (class 2 - 3 practical upgrade). Once there the world is your oyster. Lots of chances for deployments away, at 5 Bn we have lads on Herrick, in Minhad (its a staging post for the Afghan withdrawl) in UAE and in the Falklands. Day to day job consists of Vehicle and Equipment care, hands on training and whatever else the Bn throws at you.
Hope this helps
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